THE 12th Cyprus International Film Festival ‘Golden Aphrodite’ which starts on Wednesday will be the inaugural event held at the newly refurbished Attikon theatre in Paphos.
Christos Makariou, deputy mayor of Paphos, made the announcement at a press conference held for event at the town hall on Monday morning.
“We are very proud to have this well-established festival here in Paphos. The award, the ‘Golden Aphrodite’ shows it is in the right place, as Paphos is the birthplace of the goddess, and the festival has come home,” Makariou told the Cyprus Mail.
The deputy mayor said that the municipality has supported the festival both financially and by offering Attikon as a venue. He added that Paphos is determined to keep the event in the town in the future.
“The festival will be the first show in the building, we are very happy about that,” he said.
Although Pafos2017 are now utilising the exterior space of Attikon for cultural events, this will be the first time the radically transformed interior space will be used, after months of upgrading works.
Entrance to the festival screenings is free and screenings will be held at both the University of Neapolis amphitheatre and Attikon. The festival runs from June 14 until June 24.
A new category in this year’s festival is ‘Women filming in Greece and Cyprus’ which sees female directors competing for the Aphrodite Cinema Award.
According to festival director Petra Terzi, 120 films from 95 countries have been selected this year.
Various activities will take place for the duration of the festival, including a winning script writer being given the chance to film and create a short film in Paphos which will be screened during the Golden Aphrodite awards ceremony on June 24.
The VIP jury includes Bill Butler, director of photography, Vivek Singhania a producer, Anthony Skordi an actor, film director Wang Jingguang, and George F Roberson a producer and writer.
Terzi also announced that a chapter of the Women in Film and Television is being established in Cyprus. WIFTI is a global network comprised of over 40 Women in Film Chapters worldwide with over 14,000 members, dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and digital media.
Further details and a full screening programme is available at: www.cyiff.cineartfestival.eu